KS's Pony Farm was started in 1961 by Kenneth and Pat Steele, in the Northwest Alabama town of Moulton. Back then Kenneth was stationed in Taiwan with the USAF, and when we came back to the states, we were sent to Rantoul, Illinois. It was there that we were introduced to the POA, mainly through magazine articles. We had been in the Shetland business, but felt that the POA was the up and coming breed for children. We purchased our first POA in 1963, and the first foal registered with the KS's prefix was foaled in the spring of 1964. We purchased GR’s Jet Fire in 1964 as the first POA stallion in our breeding program, and the legacy of KS’s Ponies began.
Our breeding program has three goals: disposition, conformation, and color. The first two are of extreme importance to us. Color is necessary for a POA to show, but disposition and conformation are a must from the very beginning. Beautiful movement also comes from good conformation, confirming the old adage that "form follows function". A POA can stand from 46-56" at the withers (11.2-14 hands), and must have a recognizable Appaloosa-type coat pattern as well as Appaloosa-type characteristics. The breed was started for -- and is still shown primarily by -- children. Children show in four age groups: 6&Under Leadline, 8&Under, 9-12, and 13-18. Classes available at POA shows include halter, costume, showmanship, western pleasure, jumping, trail, equitation, hunter under saddle, horsemanship, reining, western riding, and speed events from barrel racing to POA specific speed events like Handy Horse and Scurry Race. Adult classes are also available, such as: halter, showmanship, longeline, yearling lead-through trail, horsemanship, hunter under saddle, western pleasure, huntseat equitation, pleasure driving, trail, and reining. POAs are known for their versatility, and a child may start the show day with halter and show straight through games (often 18 classes or more) with only one pony. We pride ourselves on being known for producing quality ponies that excel in every aspect of this all-around competition. POAs have also proven themselves tops in competition outside POA breed show arenas. These versatile ponies have been "spotted" competing in roping, combined driving, Dressage, USPC games, hunter/jumper, ranch competitions, NRHA events, and cowboy mounted shooting. POAs truly are the fun, colorful mount for any and every equine discipline and event!